The Beast
The Beast
The Beast

The Beast

Scholastic, Inc., New York, New York, 2003

Description

For this cover, the editor requested that we not use illustration or photography. The challenge was to come up with an arresting typographic solution that would convey the energy and drama of the story. In instances where the illustration and photography are not being used, the typography becomes the image. In this design, with its varied letter sizes and unusual placement of type, I tried to create energy, tension and drama. “The Beast” in this case refers not only to drugs, but also to the inner struggle experienced by the protagonist.

Juror Notes

“Striking use of color and type for both the front and back jacket. Successfully fulfilled the editor’s request of not having an image. Overall design is reflective of the content’s serious subject.” Isabel Warren-Lynch

“Treats the young adult reader with intelligence and respect or hopes that they can have an elevated visual and interpretive capability.” Archie Ferguson

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2003
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book cover

Credits

Design firm
Scholastic, Inc.
Creative director
David Saylor
Art director
Marijka Kostiw
Jacket designer
David Caplan
Production director
Heidi Robinson
Production coordinator
Jeanne Hutter
Author
Walter Dean Myers
Editor
Elizabeth Szabla
Publisher
Scholastic, Inc.
Trim size
5-1/2 x 8-1/4”
Quantity printed
27,000
Compositor
NK Graphics
Typefaces
Cafe Retro, Darwin, Locus
Jacket printer
RR Donnelley
Paper
80 lb. stock coated 1 side
Binder
RR Donnelley
Binding method
HCA Hardcover Adhesive
Book type
Children
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